18. Alexander Creek

       "Crossing over Alexander Creek on the way to Oakley from the little village of St. Francisville must have accelerated the artist’s heartbeat beyond measure. He already could anticipate how rich would be his experiences as he set out in future days, accompanied by young Joseph Mason, to explore cypress swamps edging the Mississippi River, dodging alligators in murky wetland waters, hunting wood storks on the border of Ball’s Lake, traversing the winding courses of Alexander and Thompson Creeks with their sandy shores. What variety of birdlife these different habitats promised!  He could hardly wait to get settled at Oakley, the splendid three-story West Indies-style plantation house surrounded by jalousied galleries, its woodlands full of opportunity and inspiration." Anne Butler